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... In the end, the biggest difference is that anarchists advocate self-organization while leftists want to organize you. For leftists, the emphasis is always on recruiting to their organizations, so that you can adopt the role of a cadre serving their goals. They don’t want to see you adopt your own self-determined theory and activities because then you wouldn’t be allowing them to manipulate you. Anarchists want you to determine your own theory and activity and self-organize your activity with like-minded others. Leftists want to create ideological, strategic and tactical unity through “self-discipline” (your self-repression) when possible, or organizational discipline (threat of sanctions) when necessary. Either way, you are expected to give up your autonomy to follow their heteronomous path that has already been marked out for you.

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The term “black” anarchist has been thrown around recently in a number of international milieux and journals. Indeed during the last few years of my travels throughout North and South America and Europe I have noted repeated attempts to define, through action and theory, the ideas associated with black anarchy. Following is a brief, incomplete outline of some of the more common aspects of what black anarchists think and do. These tendencies are numbered for convenience, and not to show priority or importance.

Red Excursus: I will not discuss “red” anarchy as it seems well defined by the collectivist, syndicalist, communist variants of anarchist ideas that were developed more than a hundred years ago and still enjoy a great deal of popularity and adherents. I emphasize that I don’t see the two various strains as being mutually exclusive, opposed, or even necessarily very different at the macro level. The old sectarianism and exclusion, a gnawing symptom of Marxism and the Social Democracy, plays no role in this essay. I am attempting to describe and provide some topography to a growing, relatively new agreement among a particular group of my comrades, in doing so I support and encourage those who follow different anarchist ideas and paths. No one is wrong, no one is right. The best we can hope for is clarity, not hegemony.

1) Violence

In this context violence is defined as a tactic, whether applied to insurrection, riot, attentat, or simple refusal. There is an almost overwhelming consensus among the black anarchists that the use of violence is necessary, indeed desirable, perhaps essential. The international growth of the various FA(I)-IRF cells, the example of the Greek CCF and Revolutionary Struggle, the concomitant growth of the non-anarchist but equally engaging actions of the eco-extremists in Mexico, Chile and Brazil, and the myriad anonymous burnings, ATM destruction, and attacks that populate the current global anarchist media echo this resonance. Whether it is the Molotov arching gracefully through the night air, the flaming barricade, or the flagpole—turned truncheon—crashing into fascist bone, the black anarchist greets all with approval.

2) Individualist

There is a strong individualist strain in black anarchism, mostly as a function of activity and less due to long nights breathlessly reading Stirner. In essence when engaged in actions it’s easier to work in small groups, and sometimes alone rather than attempt to build large or even medium sized organizations. These small groups which I’ll call teams, a word taken from our Athenian comrades, bring into clear relief the importance of individual initiative, they decentralize decision and action, they emphasize clearly that while there is no I in team, there is an “m” and an “e.”

3) Nihilist

In this instance, nihilism I’ll interpret as the realpolitik of anarchism in 2017—all the various ideas, concepts and conceits of an anarchist victory via revolution or insurrection in the current context are nothing more than political heroin. Once this simple, obvious fact is accepted there are two courses, resignation and lassitude or savage attack without any real hope of success. The black anarchist chooses the latter, always.

4) Illegalist

A part of the black anarchist consensus is the desire to completely reject any compromise or cooperation with nation-state, Capital, and markets. Leading many in the milieu to undertake consciously political illegal activity. This varies from place to place but includes the positive activities of squatting, occupations, shoplifting, out-right store robbery, burglary and more. In terms of negative activities this new variant of illegalism includes refusal of all taxes, tolls, welfare, NGO handouts, and state-run free clinics.

5) Informal Organization

There is a real and healthy fear among the black anarchists of formal organization. The anti-organizational tendency is not new in the historical anarchist milieu, nor in the various anarchisms that saw first light since the 1970s in the USA, Canada, and parts of Western Europe. The open espousal of informal, temporary structures and limited adherence to organizational tenets is, however, very new. This loosening of the organizational form, the inclusionary laissez-faire stance adopted by black anarchists and their organizations may be one of the tendencies most lasting contributions. In most historical cases anarchists have constructed organizations that virtually ooze the ideas and characteristics of the dominant society. In a few short years the black anarchists have done a great deal of theoretical violence to such organizational nonsense, in the future I hope they do more.

This outline of black anarchism is brief, incomplete, and a piece of journalism, not conjecture. This is what I saw, what I experienced in the past several years visiting and working with anarchists on three continents. It is both memoriam and prospectus.

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Some Principles of History

99. Think of history as being the sum of two components: an erratic component that consists of unpredictable events that follow no discernible pattern, and a regular component that consists of long-term historical trends. Here we are concerned with the long-term trends.

How can any organised belief be anything but propaganda? To find if there is a God, one must be free of fear and go into it tremendously. It is not just an acceptance of a belief.

From a discussion with students at the Happy Valley School, Ojai, 7 November 1966

F-Scale Test

Testing your receptivity to authoritarian/fascist beliefs

This historically significant (and problematic) test was designed by Theodor Adorno and associates in order to measure authoritarian and fascist tendencies in the general population. Based on extensive empirical research, the authors of the F-Scale Test tried to demonstrate that some people are more prejudiced and intolerant than others and that these tendencies foster receptivity to authoritarian (and possibly fascist) beliefs.


(This article, co-written by Giovanni Gentile, is considered to be the most complete articulation of Mussolini's political views. This is the only complete official translation we know of on the web, copied directly from an official Fascist government publication of 1935, Fascism Doctrine and Institutions, by Benito Mussolini. This translation includes all the footnotes from the original.) Subtitles in article have been put in by us to make the article more readable.

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My side project here on Masto will start in the next 2-3 days. It's nothing earth-shattering, but it's just close to my heart.

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Just a few minutes ago the german government announced that the village #Lützerath will be excavated to get the coal below. The whole village is squatted by climate activists, there are tree houses and more.

If you can, help to defend the village against fossil capitalism #LütziBleibt

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#StandWithLuetzi #StandwithLützi
RT @MaWaLuetzerath
Über zwei Jahre haben wir kreativen und bunten Widerstand in #Lützerath für den Erhalt des Ortes und die Einhaltung der 1,5 Grad Grenze geleistet. Den #Grünen wurde es so einfach wie möglich gemacht, Lützerath zu erhalten.
Aber sie haben lieber mit #RWE im Hinterzimmer gekungelt.

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4 Oct 1901, militant anarchist and historian Renée Lamberet was born in Paris. She helped refugee children during the Spanish civil war, and was in close contact with Spanish fighters in the French resistance during the Nazi occupation

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Heute muss E. Heukamp seinen Schlüssel an RWE abgeben, auch ich verliere damit Lützerath als meinen offiziellen Wohnsitz.

Aber nur offiziell! Denn Lützerath ist lebendiger denn je und muss bleiben, für die Zukunft dieses Planeten, völlig egal, wie RWE das findet. #AllefürLützi!


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Wir werden Lützerath verteidigen. Wir brauchen euch jetzt alle!
Sprecht mit Freund*innen, haltet euch informiert und fahrt, falls ihr könnt, schon jetzt nach Lützerath um Strukturen aufzubauen. Seid das #Investitionsrisiko 🔥

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Today at 13:12h, Eckhardt Heukamp, the last 'official' inhabitant of the small village #Lützerath, which is just next to the edge of the open-pit lignite mine #Garzweiler 2, was forced to hand over his keys to the mining company #RWE. However, the occupied village is still full of life! :ecoanarchism_heart:

#LützerathLebt #LützerathBleibt #ZADRheinland @ende_gelaende @keinea49

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